Initially, asset forfeiture laws were applied to recover property from those prosecuted for racketeering activity. As the scope of forfeiture laws expanded beyond RICO, individuals accused of drug trafficking, money laundering and other white collar crimes may now also face potential asset forfeiture. The federal government can seize property through forfeiture laws simply upon a finding of probable cause that the property was derived from the proceeds of illegal activity, or that the property facilitated the commission of a crime.
Consequently, many individuals facing criminal allegations will lose money, property and vehicles while a criminal case is pending. An attorney with a full command of both asset forfeiture law and criminal law can help a defendant defend his or her property rights which have been jeopardized by a criminal prosecution.
Experienced Legal Counsel Taking On Asset Forfeiture Matters
From our office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, we at Bruce L. Udolf, P.A., have the skill and knowledge necessary to aggressively defend our clients, both in asset forfeiture proceedings and in their underlying criminal case. Attorney Bruce Udolf has more than 30 years of criminal law experience. Over this time he has served as both a federal prosecutor and as an elected state prosecutor, as well as a defense lawyer.
In these types of cases, it is critical to act immediately, as there is a limited window of time in which to get a forfeiture hearing. We take immediate action to prepare the strongest possible claim for our client. We strive to identify and present all evidence showing the government cannot meet its burden of proof. In many cases, the government will overstep its boundaries and abuse its vast power, taking property that belonged to someone with no connection to criminal activities. Whatever the facts entail, our firm vigorously defends the property rights of clients who are at their most financially vulnerable while under criminal indictment.
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